Indies Choice Book Awards

The Indies Choice Book Award (formerly known as Book Sense Book of the Year 2000-2008) is an American literary award that was inaugurated at BookExpo America 2000. The American Booksellers Association (ABA) rededicated the award (previously known as the ABBY) in recognition of a new era in bookselling, as well as the important role the Book Sense Picks List has played for independent booksellers in discovering and spreading the word about books of quality to all stores, and readers, nationwide. Throughout the year, Book Sense independent booksellers from across the country nominate for inclusion in the monthly Book Sense Picks the books that they most enjoyed hand-selling to their customers. The books on each list represent a combined national and local staff pick selection of booksellers' favorites from more than 1,200 independent bookstores with Book Sense.

The award was renamed the Indies Choice Book Award in 2009. The winners are announced in conjunction with The E.B. White Read Aloud Award

Award winners and honor booksEdit

Award Recipients
Year Category Title Author Result
2016[1] Adult Fiction Fates and Furies: A Novel Lauren Groff Winner
City on Fire: A Novel Garth Risk Hallberg Honor
Get in Trouble: Stories Kelly Link
A Little Life: A Novel Hanya Yanagihara
The Sympathizer: A Novel Viet Thanh Nguyen
Welcome to Braggsville: A Novel T. Geronimo Johnson
Adult Nonfiction Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates Winner
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson Honor
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt Kristin Hersh
H Is for Hawk Helen Macdonald
Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs Sally Mann
Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Adult Debut Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel J. Ryan Stradal Winner
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen Mary Norris Honor
Dragonfish: A Novel Vu Tran
The Meursault Investigation: A Novel Kamel Daoud
Our Endless Numbered Days: A Novel Claire Fuller
The Turner House: A Novel Angela Flournoy
Young Adult Anna and the Swallow Man Gavriel Savit Winner
Nimona ND Stevenson
Dumplin’ Julie Murphy Honor
More Happy Than Not Adam Silvera
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Becky Albertalli
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad M.T. Anderson
Indie Champion Richard Russo Winner
Dave Eggers Honor
Louise Erdrich
Loren Long
Celeste Ng
Maggie Stiefvater
2015 Adult Fiction All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Winner
Adult Nonfuction Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande
Adult Debut The Martian Andy Weir
Young Adult The Darkest Part of the Forest Holly Black
Indie Champion Neil Gaiman
Amanda Palmer
2014[2][3] Adult Fiction Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Adult Nonfiction The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown
Adult Debut A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Anthony Marra
Young Adult Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell
Indie Champion James Patterson
2013[4][5] Adult Fiction The Round House Louise Erdrich
Adult Nonfiction Wild Cheryl Strayed
2012[6][7] Adult Fiction The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides
Adult Nonfiction Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Gabrielle Hamilton
Adult Debut The Tiger’s Wife Téa Obreht
Young Adult Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys
Most Engaging Author Ann Patchett
Middle Reader The Apothecary Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr (Illus.)
Middle Reader Wildwood Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis (Illus.)
Picture Book I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen
2011 Adult Fiction Room Emma Donoghue
Adult Nonfiction Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Adult Debut Matterhorn Karl Marlantes
Young Adult Revolution Jennifer Donnelly
2010 Adult Fiction Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Adult Nonfiction The Lost City of Z David Grann
Adult Debut The Help Kathryn Stockett
Young Adult Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
Middle Reader When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead
New Picture Book The Lion & the Mouse Jerry Pinkney
Most Engaging Author Kate DiCamillo
2009 Best Indie Buzz Book (Fiction) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Best Conversation Starter (Nonfiction) The Wordy Shipmates Sarah Vowell
Best Author Discovery The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski
Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (Fiction) The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
Best New Picture Book Bats at the Library Brian Lies
Most Engaging Author Sherman Alexie
2008 Adult Fiction A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini Winner
The Yiddish Policemen's Union Michael Chabon Honor
Bridge of Sighs Richard Russo
Away Amy Bloom
Run Ann Patchett
Adult Nonfiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver Winner
The World Without Us Alan Weisman Honor
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life Steve Martin
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War David Halberstam
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible A.J. Jacobs
Children's Literature The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick Winner
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie Honor
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
The Arrival Shaun Tan
Children's Illustrated Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity Mo Willems Winner
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss-Glasser (Illus.) Honor
Pirates Don't Change Diapers Melinda Long and David Shannon (Illus.)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Peter Sis
Llama Llama Mad at Mama Anna Dewdney
2007 Adult Fiction Water for Elephants Sara Gruen Winner
The Brief History of the Dead Kevin Brockmeier Honor
The Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Suite Francaise Irène Némirovsky
Adult Nonfiction I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman Nora Ephron Winner
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bill Bryson Honor
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Nathaniel Philbrick
Thunderstruck Erik Larson
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan
Children's Literature The Book Thief Markus Zusak Winner
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party M.T. Anderson Honor
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! Lynne Truss
New Moon Stephenie Meyer
Peter and the Shadow Thieves Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Children's Illustrated Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship Paul Kahumbu, Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paul Kahumbu Winner
Fancy Nancy Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser (illus.) Honor
Flotsam David Wiesner
Library Lion Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes (illus.)
Pirateology: A Pirate Hunter's Companion Captain William Lubber and Nghiem Ta (designer)
2006 Adult Fiction The Historian: A Novel Elizabeth Kostova Winner
Kafka on the Shore: A Novel Haruki Murakami Honor
The March: A Novel E.L. Doctorow
Saturday: A Novel Ian McEwan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel Lisa See
Adult Nonfiction Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Winner
The Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeannette Walls Honor
The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece Jonathan Harr
Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog John Grogan
The Tender Bar: A Memoir J.R. Moehringer
Children's Literature Inkspell Cornelia Funke Winner
A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray Ann M. Martin Honor
Eldest: Inheritance, Book 2 Christopher Paolini
Flush Carl Hiaasen
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Jeanne Birdsall
Children's Illustrated Zen Shorts Jon J Muth Winner
Diary of a Spider Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss (Illus.) Honor
Leaf Man Lois Ehlert
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Mo Willems
Seen Art? Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Illus.)
2005 Adult Fiction Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke Winner
Eventide Kent Haruf Honor
The Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant
The Plot Against America Philip Roth
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Adult Nonfiction Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II Robert Kurson Winner
Candyfreak Steve Almond Honor
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker Robert Mankoff (ed.)
Magical Thinking Augusten Burroughs
Truth & Beauty Ann Patchett
Children's Literature Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist (Illus.) Winner
Becoming Naomi Leon Pam Muñoz Ryan Honor
Ida B ... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World Katherine Hannigan
Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Sea of Trolls Nancy Farmer
Children's Illustrated Duck for President Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (Illus.) Winner
Kitten's First Full Moon Kevin Henkes Honor
Knuffle Bunny Mo Willems
Mister Seahorse Eric Carle
Wild About Books Judy Sierra
2004 Adult Fiction The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown Winner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Honor
The Master Butchers Singing Club Louise Erdrich
Mrs. Kimble Jennifer Haigh
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
Adult Nonfiction Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Azar Nafisi Winner
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Erik Larson Honor
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage James Bradley
Michelangelo & The Pope's Ceiling Ross King
Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
Children's Literature Eragon: The Inheritance, Book I Christopher Paolini Winner
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code Eoin Colfer Honor
Inkheart Cornelia Funke
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood Ann Brashares
The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo and Timothy Basil Ering (illus.)
Children's Illustrated How I Became a Pirate Melinda Long and David Shannon (illus.) Winner
Diary of a Wombat Jackie French and Bruce Whatley (illus.) Honor
Diary of a Worm Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss (illus.)
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth Douglas Wood and Jon J. Muth (illus.)
Olivia ... and the Missing Toy Ian Falconer
Paperback The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd Winner
Atonement Ian McEwan Honor
The Dive From Clausen's Pier Ann Packer
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Christopher Moore
Life of Pi Yann Martel

Picture Book Hall of FameEdit

Picture Book Hall of Fame


Title Author Illustrator
2016[1] Eloise Kay Thompson Hilary Knight
Olivia Ian Falconer
Strega Nona Tomi dePaola
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Stieg
2015 Frog and Toad Arnold Lobel
Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff Felicia Bond
2014 Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Bill Martin, Jr. Eric Carle
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown Clement Hurd
Stellaluna Janell Cannon
2013 Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobokina
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka Lane Smith
2012 Curious George H.A. Rey
The Little Engine That Could Watty Piper
Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "2016 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners Announced". American Booksellers Association. 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  2. ^ "2014 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Finalists". Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  3. ^ "ABA Announces 2014 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners". the American Booksellers Association. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2013 Indies Choice and E.B. White Award Winners". the American Booksellers Association. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  5. ^ "2013 Indies Choice and E.B. White Award Winners Announced". Writers Write. Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  6. ^ "Winners of the 2012 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Announced". the American Booksellers Association. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  7. ^ "2012 Indies Choice and E.B. White Book Award Finalists Announced". Retrieved 2021-12-22.

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